Midwest Energy News

North Dakota solar project would be state’s largest

UTILITIES: The bankruptcy of FirstEnergy’s coal and nuclear subsidiaries could shed new light on the relationships among the parent corporation, its regulated utilities and the generation affiliates. (Midwest Energy News)

• A timeline of events spanning two decades that have led FirstEnergy to seek support for its struggling coal and nuclear plants. (Midwest Energy News)
• Residents in an Iowa town take on major utility Alliant Energy in their effort to create a municipally owned power company. (Des Moines Register)
• A merger between Vectren and Houston-based CenterPoint Energy is expected to close in 2019. (Evansville Courier & Press)

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EFFICIENCY: A bill to allow residential Property Assessed Clean Energy financing in Minnesota has bipartisan support, though critics oppose the way it prioritizes loans. (Midwest Energy News)

• A planned 200 megawatt solar project in North Dakota would be the state’s first major utility scale project. (Forum News Service)
• Minneapolis-based Target ranks among the top corporate users of solar, according to a new industry report. (Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal)

• Michigan officials approve a permit for DTE Energy to build two natural gas-fired turbines near Detroit despite neighbors’ pollution concerns. (Detroit News)
• Gas and diesel fuel shipments into Wisconsin’s Port of Green Bay were up 124 percent in 2017 due to a pipeline shutdown. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

GRID: Three power companies file plans with Wisconsin regulators for a high-voltage transmission line between Middleton, Wisconsin and Dubuque, Iowa. (Wisconsin State Journal)

EMISSIONS: Minnesota regulators revisit the potential costs for utilities to comply with greenhouse gas regulations. (E&E News, subscription)

PIPELINES: Michigan activists will host a “retirement party” for Enbridge’s Line 5 this week. (MLive)

RENEWABLES: In Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Dane County are both taking steps to address climate change through increased investments in renewable energy. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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BIOFUELS: U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds is concerned about ethanol waivers given to companies and how it impacts corn growers. (Forum News Service)

SUSTAINABILITY: A building in eastern Iowa achieves net zero status, producing more power than it uses. (Radio Iowa)

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